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Murnau (Nosferatu / Faust / The Last Laugh / Tartuffe / The Haunted Castle / The Finances of the Grand Duke) (2009)

Emil Jannings , Max Schreck , F.W. Murnau  |  Unrated |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Emil Jannings, Max Schreck
  • Directors: F.W. Murnau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Silent
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KINO VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 521 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001M9ELK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

SIX MASTERPIECES OF SILENT CINEMA FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SUNRISE

THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES THE FILMS:

NOSFERATU (NEWLY RESTORED EDITION)
1922 GERMAN 94 MINUTES COLOR TINTED
NOSFERATU is triumphantly reborn in this breathtaking new restoration by the F.W. Murnau Foundation.
DVD EXTRAS:
- Hans Erdmann s original 1922 score, available in 5.1 Stereo Surround or 2.0 Stereo
- The Language of Shadows: The Early Years and Nosferatu; a 52-minute documentary
- Nosferatu: An Historic Film Meets Digital Restoration; a 3-minute documentary
- Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau: Journey Into the Night (1920), Phantom (1922), Tabu (1931) and 5 other Murnau Films
- Photo Gallery
- Scene Comparison
- With newly-translated English intertitles

FAUST (NEWLY RESTORED EDITION)
1926 GERMANY 116 MINUTES B&W
Mobilizing the full resources of the Ufa Studios, F.W. Murnau orchestrated a colossal adaptation of Goethe s FAUST that ranks alongside Fritz Lang s Metropolis as the greatest achievement of the German silent cinema. Beautiful new restoration by the F.W. Murnau Foundation.
DVD EXTRAS:
- Presented with the original German intertitles (with optional English subtitles)
- The Language of Shadows: Faust, a 53-minute documentary on the making of Murnau s film
- New musical score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in 5.1 Stereo Surround or 2.0 Stereo
- The lost screen test footage of Ernst Lubitsch s abandoned 1923 production Marguerite and Faust.
- Image Gallery
- Essay by film historian Jan Christopher Horak

THE LAST LAUGH (NEWLY RESTORED EDITION)
1924 GERMANY 90 MINUTES B&W
One of the crowning achievements of the German Expressionism movement.
DVD EXTRAS:
- New recording of the original score by Giuseppe Becce, available in 5.1 Stereo Surround or 2.0 Stereo
- The Making of THE LAST LAUGH, a 40-minute documentary
- Original German title sequences
- Image Gallery

TARTUFFE (RESTORED AUTHORIZED EDITION)
1925 GERMANY 63 MINUTES COLOR TINTED
DVD EXTRAS:
- THE WAY TO MURNAU, A 35-minute documentary on the life and career of F.W. MURNAU
- Booklet essay by film scholar Jan Christopher Horak

THE HAUNTED CASTLE (RESTORED AUTHORIZED EDITION)
1921 GERMAN 81 MINUTES COLOR TINTED
Before plumbing the depths of horror and despair with such films as Faust and The Last Laugh, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau tested the waters with this moody drama of a storm-bound manor and the grim mystery that lurks within.
DVD EXTRAS:
- Gallery of set design paintings by Robert Herlth
- Excerpts of Rudolf Stratz s novel

THE FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE (RESTORED AUTHORIZED EDITION)
1924 GERMANY 77 MINUTES COLOR TINTED
In one of the most eclectic films of the German silent era, visual stylist F.W. Murnau (Faust, Sunrise) broke away from the dark, foreboding dramas for which he was known to explore the realm of light comedy.
DVD EXTRA:
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Kalat

Customer Reviews

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the kind of stuff Kino does that is maddening January 1, 2009
Murnau is an essential silent director. His works are a visual feast that translate well across nationalities and across almost a century of time. If I didn't already own any of Murnau's works this would be the way to go - updated versions of films that Kino had put out in the past (Nosferatu/The Last Laugh/Tartuffe) plus two more new to DVD (The Haunted Castle/The Finances of the Grand Duke). However, this is where Kino makes me a little bit cra zy. Kino has already released The Last Laugh (Restored Deluxe Edition) in the fall, and quite a few of us have already purchased that separately, blindsided by this upcoming boxed set. If I had known I would have waited. However, let me say, the restored Last Laugh is a treat. Every detail you ever read about the film is now clearly visible. If Kino has done the same with the upcoming releases of Faust and the two new films, it will surely be wonderful. However, this now leaves Murnau's "Tabu" unviewable, since it is not in this new box set and not sold separately. It is only available in the old Murnau set The F.W. Murnau Collection (Nosferatu/The Last Laugh/Faust/Tabu/Tartuffe). On top of that, the older version of Nosferatu is already in German Horror Classics (Nosferatu (1922) / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Waxworks / The Golem).

The point is, Kino has presented us with a Rubik's cube of overlapping box sets of silent films that makes not purchasing duplicates impossible. However, I am grateful for the work Kino does in upgrading these silents as technology gets better.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murnau December 14, 2009
Friedrich Wilhem Plumpe (1888-1931) -- F.W. Murnau - was, without a doubt, one of Germany's - and the world, for that matter - most talented directors. In fact, he was voted as the 33rd Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly magazine. I am sure that he would have accomplished much more if his life would have not being drastically cut short by a tragic automobile accident in Santa Barbara, California, in 1931. The fantastic and extremely important "Murnau" is a fascinating and historical six-DVD box set that KINO put together with some of this filmmakers' best work, which covers the whole range of his talent and vision.

All the films included in this collection have been restored for their German release and some, as "Faust," "The Haunted Castle," and The Finances of the Grand Duke," are available for first time in the United States, in their very best possible quality, one of KINO's guaranteed trademarks.

The first film, "Faust" (1926), is, perhaps, the most confusing, due to the complexity of the plot. It's about an alchemist, who is a subject of a bet between an angel and the devil, in which a town is infected by the plague (delivered by the devil himself), and the devil convinces Faust that he would cure all the people in exchange of his soul. It stars Emil Jennings, who majestically plays Mephisto, in an unforgettable performance. If you recall, Jannings won the very first Best Actor Academy Award for his work in two US-made films, "The Last Command" (1928) and "The Way of All Flesh" (1927). In "Faust," you will see Janning's captivating power as an actor, and why Murnau used him in many of his films. Unfortunately, Jannings was a willing supporter of the Nazis, which eventually led to his subsequent ban and disappearance from cinema.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Rate This High....but March 20, 2009
By jrc
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This is a great set. The transfers are for the most part, newly restored. Kino had earlier released two-disc ultimate editions of NOSFERATU and THE LAST LAUGH. In this set, you only get one disc for these titles, but with basically the same extras as the "ultimate" releases. On the two-disc editions, they gave you foreign release versions of NOSFERATU and THE LAST LAUGH, not available here. Those versions use some alternative takes and include some other differences. For the completist, the two disc ultimate editions still have a place in your collection. For the casual collector, this set is more than adequate.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murnau gets his due, again June 19, 2009
Surely the last laugh is being had by F.W. Murnau, whose stature keeps rising as his movies are restored. Hot on the heels of the gigantic boxed set Murnau, Borsage and Fox comes this 6 DVD set Murnau ($99.95; Kino) with exemplary renditions of classics like Faust (a new edition), previously released Nosferatu, The Last Laugh and Tartuffe plus two new films The Haunted Castle and a romantic comedy (!) The Finances Of The Grand Duke. Why Tabu isn't included is a mystery probably explained by rights lapsing or some such thing. If you don't own any, this is essential and you can be certain that all of the titles are lovingly restored and offered with bountiful extras. I can't quite wrap my head around a romance by Murnau, but the "old dark house" genre of The Haunted Castle is a natural for him and I've never seen his Faust. If you bought earlier Murnau boxed sets, rest assured that those three are also available on their own. Visit me at michaelgiltz dot com.
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